Off the Streets holds donation drop-off day

Local organization, Off the Streets of Bridgeport, Fairfield, and Trumbull (OTS BFT) works to help the homeless find a place to dwell and make it their home and fulfills their needs for basic furnishings and household goods to help them make their space their home.

During OTS BFT’s donation drop-off day on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 545 Stratfield Road, Fairfield, donations of clean and in-good-condition small kitchen tables and chairs, dressers, floor lamps, pots and pans, flatware, and linens will be accepted. For a complete list of items needed, visit

Off the Streets’ main focus is bridging the gap between local social service agencies and their homeless clients’ ability to pay security deposits for housing. The people OTS helps have the ability to pay their rent but need assistance in the form of a security deposits as well as basic household items to get them started. OTS believes their clients’ success is directly tied to their need to feel that their newfound residences are really their homes. As a result, OTS volunteers work diligently to provide basic furnishings along with a housewarming box containing a “starter kit” of household goods. In fact, that is the goal for the donation drop-off day.

“We want everyone we help to have the opportunity to succeed in their new lives off the streets,” states Deacon Kevin Moore, administrator of OTS Bridgeport, Fairfield, & Trumbull chapter. “Providing housewarming packages with those basics needed to run a household helps restore their self-esteem and encourages them to move forward.”

Off the Streets began as a grassroots movement in Danbury and has taken root in the greater Bridgeport area. Since its founding in 2009, OTS has assisted more than 300 people. Because OTS is a 100% volunteer based charitable organization without a physical office, there is virtually no overhead — approximately $20 per month per chapter covers insurance, P.O. Box, and the OTS website. All other funds directly support OTS’s mission. Additionally, due to their relationships with landlords, property managers, and social services OTS can act very quickly — often transitioning a homeless client into a furnished room or apartment in as little as two to fourteen days. OTS operates in Danbury, CT; Lancaster, PA; Huntington Beach, CA; and Bridgeport, Fairfield, and Trumbull, CT. For more information about OTS, visit

Volunteers gather during Donation Drop Off Day.

Volunteers gather during Donation Drop Off Day.

Volunteers help carry furniture during Donation Drop Off Day.

Volunteers help carry furniture on Donation Drop Off Day.

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